Helen C. Kwak
Helen C.’s Answer
That largely depends on what you intend on studying in grad school. Having a masters degree may help a bit in the education field, but it also depends on your experience. If you’re in the education field, I would try to build up your experiences first and then apply. If you are looking into grad school, I recommend going part time and working part time, especially in the field you are studying in.
Another suggestion is to find a job in the institution where you attend school so that you can get tuition exemption. This option varies by institution so I would check this info before you apply. I generally wouldn’t recommend this, since that would require you to work full time and go to school part time, which leavea you almost no room for yourself unless you’re the ambitious type.
Hope this helps!
I do believe education and government positions, in general, it may be beneficial to get the master's degree. Many business-related industries do not require a master's degree. Many MBA programs will want you to have professional experience. Long story short, there are a number of factors and I think reaching out to alumni through LinkedIn is a great way to get information on the topic!
Either way, it's good that you are already thinking about the costs/benefits. I would guess you'll figure out how to be successful either way if you continue to think proactively throughout your career.
Also, more and more entry level jobs say masters-preferred. This will give you a leg-up on getting a position as you will meet more of the application requirements for certain positions.